Malaysia denies tutus to blame for nixed ballet

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The abrupt cancellation of shows by a Singaporean ballet troupe in Malaysia has caused a tempest in a tutu, with the government saying the dancers applied too late for a permit to perform, and a local group blaming cultural concern over “indecent” costumes. ‘Ballet Illuminations’ by the Singapore Dance Theatre was supposed to run this weekend, and many tickets had been sold for performances of The Nutcracker and other works. But without a permit, the show cannot go on. …

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